Showing in Competition at the 75th Cannes Film Festival and in theaters May 25, “Les Crimes du futur” marks the return of David Cronenberg. The film’s trio, Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart, tell us about this unique filmmaker. Meet.
David Cronenberg passionately loves actors, especially those who are not afraid. It takes that to live up to the expectations of a filmmaker capable of anything. In Future Crimes, his twenty-second feature film, he surrounds himself with a golden trio: Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart. Three different professional sensibilities, but always ready to push their limits on screen.
Present at the 75th Cannes Film Festival, where the film is being screened in Official Competition, the three headliners trusted AlloCiné. They talk about their relationship of trust with the director, his particular style and the power of a cinema that takes the viewer out of their comfort zone. Meeting on the roof of a hotel in Cannes.
ENTER THE WORLD OF CRONENBERG
When Lea Seydoux get a call to join The crimes of the future, stands in line to see Crash, another film by the director, in a Paris cinema. Fate sign. She was originally going to play Timlin, a role now filled by Kristen Stewart. “But she could have played any role for him.“, she says.
The two actresses sign their first collaboration with David Cronenberg. Her immense career necessarily imposes some apprehensions, very quickly dissipated on the set. “i was so nervoushe remembers Kristen Stewart. But he knows how to make fears disappear because he is a man of great sweetness and tenderness. Which is amazing when you know his movies.”
Léa Seydoux confirms it: “It’s funny because when people think of him as a very mysterious man, when you meet him, he’s a very human person. We don’t talk about the project at all because, in my opinion, when you make a movie, you have to keep your secrets to yourself. We talked about life, about love, and these conversations helped me nurture the character..”
For viggo mortensen, this film marks his reunion with an old friend. She toured with him four times and even offered him a small part in her feature film Falling. David Cronenberg plays him… a proctologist, of course. “I have a special relationship with himhe says. We share a certain sense of humor about life. There is trust between us. Thanks to this, I am ready to do anything. I can do things for him that I would hesitate to do with other directors..”
OVERCOME YOURSELF ON THE SET
While playing for David Cronenberg, Lea Seydoux He was able to overcome his fear. “I need the cinema and this form of expression that is the game to transcend itshe reveals. It’s like a rollercoaster ride before, you know you’re going to have this adrenaline rush and it’s always the case with the movies I make. Finally, we almost become addicted to this feeling..”
Kristen Stewart was surprised by the filmmaker’s instincts during the takes: “He let me have one or two tries, he was about to start again, but he came up to me smiling to say: ‘No, it’s perfect!’ He surprised me a lot because his films are very precise, but on the set it’s improvised cinema. When the shooting was over, I didn’t even want to leave..”
AN VANGUARD AUTHOR
The works of david chronenberg they have the peculiarity of evolving through the ages. A film misunderstood at its premiere can be rediscovered or rehabilitated decades later. Whether it’s a mind-blowing thriller, satire, or dystopia, his stories are always one step ahead of the world.
“Choose carefully what your characters say and where you put the camera.insists Viggo Mortensen. More than for other directors, his films gain depth in viewings. He is ahead of society in many ways..”
For example, the actor cites Shock, a film released in 1996 and awarded the Jury Prize at Cannes. “This project caused a lot of controversy, but I think people were not ready for it. When I see him again today, I see new things. It was not just a superficial desire to surprise.”
the scene of Future Crimes it was written more than twenty years ago and seems more current than ever. “I could not believe itis surprised Kristen Stewart. It feels like I wrote this story in response to the last three years..”
by his side, Lea Seydoux he was seduced by the richness of the topics covered on the screen: “The question of the environment, art, the plastics we eat and what we leave to future generations. Also, the film begins with a boy. It represents the future, but this future is already dead. Fortunately there is a certain hope, a tenderness that emerges in the film and that was not seen on stage..”
DISTURBING PEACEFUL MINDS
Shaking the viewer to question him better has always been one of the goals of david chronenberg. Kristen Stewart is happy to present such a film at the world’s largest film festival. “Above all, because I come from a country where we speak of “industry“, she adds. It’s “the movie industry.” This single word evokes money. Movies must pay at all costs. This one isn’t just meant to entertain, it’s made to ask the right questions and ask us who we really are..”
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“Each director has his own language and David’s is so personal, specialconcludes Lea Seydoux. I think he invented a genre. When we go to see one of his films, it is a sensory experience, we cross paths in his body. He is still one of the few to cause this..”
Thomas Desroches interview, in Cannes, May 23, 2022.
The crimes of the futurein theaters May 25, 2022.